Watch: Su-24 was hit in the left engine by a missile and survived
MOSCOW, RUSSIA — A Russian Su-24 bomber was hit by an anti-aircraft missile, Russian bloggers report. This happened during an operation in Ukraine. A video shared on social media shows the damage caused by the impact. According to unconfirmed information, the Russian Su-24 was shot down over Bakhmut.
The Ukrainian armed forces skillfully use portable anti-aircraft missile systems. The Su-24 is easily vulnerable if it flies at a low rather than operational altitude. The video shows the missile hitting the left engine. More precisely – the nozzle of the left engine. As a result of the impact, shrapnel pierced the fuel system, damaged the elevator, and started a fire in the engine.
However, the plane was successfully landed by its crew. It should be repaired and returned to operational operations. According to various reports, the pilot did not use mechanical means to land the Su-24. Mechanical means are flaps as well as a drag chute. Experts say that such a landing is possible by extending the wings to the angle of landing.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.
On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.
On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.
Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.
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